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The Kansas City Chiefs will be without starting safety Daniel Sorensen for the start of the season after he had surgery to repair a broken shin bone and damage to his left knee.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder described the injury Saturday as a tibial plateau fracture Alex Cappa Jersey Elite , which involves the upper part of the shin. Sorensen also damaged his medial collateral ligament and tore his meniscus when he was hurt during a special teams drill last week.

"One of the guys fell on his leg," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

The injury is similar to the one suffered by J.J. Watt last year, causing the Texans defensive end to miss the rest of the season. That may be Sorensen's fate, too, but Burkholder said the Chiefs plan to wait six weeks before evaluating him again.

"He'll be up here today starting his formal rehab with us," Burkholder said.

Sorensen became an invaluable part of the Kansas City secondary when Eric Berry went down with a season-ending injury last year. He went on to start 14 of the 15 games he played, picking off a pass and piling up 88 tackles while assuming a leadership role in the Chiefs' secondary.

Berry is back from his torn Achilles tendon Kareem Martin Jersey Elite , and Sorensen was expected to start alongside him this season. Now, the race is on during the final three weeks of camp for a starting job, with rookie Armani Watts, Leon McQuay and Eric Murray among those who could slide into the role.

The Chiefs also announced that Dillon Gordon had been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, and that fellow offensive lineman Alex Officer had been signed to take his place.

Running back Charcandrick West returned to the practice field Saturday after missing more than a week with a concussion, while linebacker Dee Ford left early with an illness.

Tanoh Kpassagnon and rookie Breeland Speaks split his first-team reps the rest of the way.

The Chicago Blackhawks are not making changes behind the bench after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.


Team President John McDonough told reporters Thursday that he plans to bring back both coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman after a dismal season for a team that has won three Stanley Cup championships since 2010 but stumbled to a last-place finish in the Central Division this season.

”I believe in continuity, they’ve had an incredible body of success Authentic Da'Ron Payne Jersey ,” McDonough told reporters. ”We’re not tethered to the past. This has been a very disappointing year and our expectations are incredibly high. We’re not going to deviate from those expectations. But I believe both Stan and Joel are the guys that are going to bring this back.”

Chicago had reached the playoffs every year since Quenneville took over four games into the 2008-09 season, winning it all in 2010, 2013 and 2015. But the Blackhawks lost in the first round each of the past two years and this year was a nightmare.

Corey Crawford’s upper-body injury in December eventually sidelined the two-time All-Star goaltender for the season, and there was inconsistent play from some of the team’s aging stars and young defensemen.

Still, Chicago has a highly regarded support system and the team has plenty of talent, including star forward Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks have started a youth movement as veterans like Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook have shown some signs of wear and tear. The team’s leading goal scorer Youth Tarvarius Moore Jersey , Alex DeBrincat, is 20.

”Joel’s done a very good job with the young players,” McDonough told reporters. ”And I think it’s inspiring to see that there are a lot of good young players on the way. I know at one point, that was kind of a knock on Joel, that he wasn’t proficient at coaching young players. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The 59-year-old Quenneville, a former NHL defenseman and the NHL’s second-winningest coach in history, received a three-year contract extension in January 2016 that runs through the 2019-20 season. He and Bowman will now get a chance to turn things around.

”There were a lot of circumstances that happened this year that were out of our control Isaiah Oliver Jersey Elite ,” McDonough said. ”And I’m not assessing blame, but I believe in both of them. I want both of them to succeed and I think we’re going to be headed in the right direction, after a lot of reflection and assessment.”



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